Florida A&M 61, Hampton 58

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP)—Jon Mason had 12 points off the bench to lead three Florida A&M players in double figures as the Rattlers defeated Hampton 61-58 in the quarterfinals of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament on Wednesday.

Brian Greene scored 11 points for the No. 2 seeded Rattlers (19-13) and Rome Sanders had 10.

Hampton trailed 58-55 and had the ball in the final minute after forcing a Florida A&M turnover, but Matthew Pilgrim threw a 30-foot air ball with 23.8 seconds left.

The Rattlers made two of four free throws in the final seconds, and Rashad West’s running 3-pointer with 1.4 seconds left wasn’t enough to give Hampton the upset.

The game was tied 22-22 at halftime.

Florida A&M will play in the semifinals Friday against the winner of Thursday’s game between North Carolina A&T and Norfolk State.

West, who was playing in his hometown, scored 25 points for seventh-seeded Hampton (15-16).

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 Hampton
R. West R. West
7-16,  25 Pts
3 Rebs, 1 Assists
 Florida A&M
B. Greene B. Greene
4-9,  11 Pts
7 Rebs, 1 Assists

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